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  • 8 alternative UK winter breaks

    8 alternative UK winter breaks

    November 7th, 2016Greg Dickinson
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    The UK gets pretty grim during the winter, with its dark, early nights and splutteringly cold weather. But if you can’t wait until spring to start having fun again, there’s still hope. Rough Guides editor Greg Dickinson has compiled eight ideas for alternative UK breaks during the winter months, from a singing retreat in Northumberland to…

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  • Pilsners, poltergeists and pistes: why you should visit Mammoth Lakes, California

    Pilsners, poltergeists and pistes: why you should visit Mammoth Lakes, California

    October 4th, 2016Greg Dickinson
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    When you think of California, what comes to mind? Surf, celebrities, maybe the first few chords of Good Vibrations by the Beach Boys? Set in the high Sierra Nevada mountains on the eastern border of the state, Mammoth Lakes avoids just about every Californian cliché. From world-class beers to high-altitude mountain biking, via a peculiar…

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  • A drone filmed Uluru from above and the footage is epic

    A drone filmed Uluru from above and the footage is epic

    August 30th, 2016Greg Dickinson
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    For the first time ever aerial footage has been released of Uluru, Australia‘s iconic six hundred-million-year-old monolith. And the result is pretty incredible. The views were captured by the first drone permitted to fly in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. The ninety-second film starts in the morning and ends at sunset, with gliding shots revealing the stunning colour changes…

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  • You can now play cult 90s gameshow The Crystal Maze for real in London

    You can now play cult 90s gameshow The Crystal Maze for real in London

    August 22nd, 2016Greg Dickinson
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    That’s right. Those days of buying a nylon jumpsuit and turning your house into a makeshift obstacle course are over. Thanks to a crowd-funded project set up by three visionary twenty-somethings, you can now play the cult nineties gameshow The Crystal Maze for real in London. We sent Rough Guides editor Greg Dickinson along to…

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  • 8 great alternative UK city breaks

    8 great alternative UK city breaks

    August 15th, 2016Greg Dickinson
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    London, Edinburgh, Cardiff… These are the usual suspects when visitors are thinking about UK city breaks. But there are actually 66 other cities to be explored throughout this land, each with something different to offer. Here’s our pick of the 8 best alternative UK city breaks. 1. Belfast, Northern Ireland Belfast rarely makes the cut on…

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  • We slept with the lions in London Zoo – and now you can too

    We slept with the lions in London Zoo – and now you can too

    June 9th, 2016Greg Dickinson
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    Wondering where to stay when you next visit London? London Zoo just made your decision a bit easier. Forget glitzy hotels in Covent Garden or banged-up hostels in King’s Cross, you can now book a night at London’s first ever lion safari lodge. Rough Guides editor Greg Dickinson slept over in London Zoo’s brand new…

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  • Why you should choose a road trip for your next adventure

    Why you should choose a road trip for your next adventure

    March 3rd, 2016Greg Dickinson
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    After a road trip through Uruguay, Greg Dickinson discovers the joys of self-drive. Alright, hands up. Fuel is pricey, driving abroad is stressful and travelling long distances by car is damaging to the environment. You may as well just do what you always do; book up some flights, buses and trains and be done with it.…

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  • Why Uruguay is South America’s best beach destination

    Why Uruguay is South America’s best beach destination

    February 12th, 2016Greg Dickinson
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    Squeezed between Argentina and Brazil and shaped a bit like a football, Uruguay doesn’t feature on your average South American checklist. But with its progressive politics, sizzling asado culture and some of the best beaches on the continent, we think it should. From off-grid hippie enclaves (note: cannabis was legalised here in 2014) to chic…

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  • 6 reasons to keep travelling in 2016

    6 reasons to keep travelling in 2016

    February 3rd, 2016Greg Dickinson
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    In recent weeks some of my normally fearless traveller friends have asked me whether it’s a good idea to travel right now. It’s a question on many people’s lips at the moment, and understandably so. Global unrest has seen some stalwart tourist destinations become effective no-go zones, while the question of aviation safety was brought…

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  • 12 embarrassing things we’ve all done while travelling

    12 embarrassing things we’ve all done while travelling

    November 23rd, 2015Greg Dickinson
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    There are rules for life at home, and then there are rules for life on the road. It seems that for many of us normal standards go out the window as soon as we sling on a backpack and enter a foreign country. Here are a few of those embarrassing moments we’ve all had, but will never admit…

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  • 9 steps to giving up social media on holiday

    9 steps to giving up social media on holiday

    October 26th, 2015Greg Dickinson
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    When you go on holiday, do you check in on Facebook before you’ve even checked into your hotel? Do you find it hard to resist logging onto every whiff of wi-fi that you encounter? If so, take a seat and make yourself comfortable. It’s time for an #intervention. Holidays are a time for relaxing, exploring,…

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  • 20 places that look even more beautiful in winter

    20 places that look even more beautiful in winter

    October 15th, 2015Greg Dickinson
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